OrderPaperToday – To mark the one year #EndSARS protest anniversary, FixPolitics, a citizens-led, research-based movement, has honoured the sacrifices of Nigerians who are hard pressed by the ills of bad governance.

A press statement commemorating the 1st anniversary of the #EndSARS protest movement in Nigeria signed by FixPolitics Executive Director, Anthony Ubani, “remembers with lingering sadness, scores of Nigerian citizens who were killed one year ago during the #EndSARS peaceful protests by Nigerian youths.”

Ubani said “on this sombre one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protest, we honour the memory of those citizens who lost their lives in the patriotic process of peacefully protesting for social justice and an end to police brutality. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who lost loved ones.

“Their deaths will not be in vain as we continue to work and pray for the emergence of a new Nigeria where righteousness and justice prevails. October 20, 2020 is a day that will forever live in infamy in the history of Nigeria and in the minds of her citizens.”

Also, he noted that “as Nigerians, our shared shock and horror at the bloody events of October 20, 2020 should not only strengthen the human chords of compassion for the suffering of our fellow Nigerians. It should, more importantly, lead us collectively to reaffirm our resolve to accentuate our demands for good governance and social justice.”

Similarly, Ubani stated that “it is instructive to note that one year after the #EndSARS protests, none of the socioeconomic maladies in our polity which compelled our youths to launch that peaceful protest have been decisively addressed. Instead, in a rather disturbing, insensitive and tone deaf development on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests, citizens were treated to the horrific scene of a police officer extorting and brutalizing innocent citizens in Kogi State.”

Finally, in assuring continued advocacy, he said that “#FixPolitics, therefore, will continue to advocate for the single amendment to the 1999 Constitution to allow for a referendum. This is a critical first step towards empowering and giving a voice to Nigerian citizens – the voice which was denied the #EndSARS protesters. We will never forget what happened on October 20, 2020 in Nigeria.”

The Petition for the amendment to the 1999 Constitution to allow for a referendum is in collaboration with OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative and other CBOS, CSOs, Think-thank and Professional bodies. The Petition is a call to action for Nigerians to request the legislative to give citizens the avenue to express themselves in the nation’s decision-making process.

October 20, 2021 marks a year since the historic youth-led #EndSARS protest that shook Nigeria and the world. The protest morphed from social media campaigns into the street as Nigerians joined voices to fight against, among other ills, police brutality. Particularly the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a now-disbanded police tactical unit.


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